From growers to canners, USDBC members include a variety of high quality organizations working in the dry bean industry.
Information on the several classes of beans produced in California can be obtained from the California Bean Shippers Association and the California Dry Bean Advisory Board. The California Dry Bean Advisory Board was organized in 1970, in part, to initiate various promotional programs for California bean products. The California Bean Shippers Association was organized to facilitate communication between the trade and domestic and international buyers of California-grown beans.
Idaho dry bean interests are represented by the Idaho Bean Dealers Association, organized in 1933, which was created in 1957 by an act of the Idaho Legislature for the purpose of assisting the industry in the areas of research, seed production and the marketing and promotion of beans. For further information on Idaho bean products, contact either of these organizations:
Idaho Bean Dealers Association
Lisa Knutz, Executive Treasurer
P O 641
Buhl ID 83316
The Michigan Bean Commission is comprised of producers and one shipper representative appointed by the Governor with principal functions of directing market development, promotion and production research for Michigan beans. For further information on the eleven classes of beans produced in Michigan, contact:
MINNESOTA/NORTH DAKOTA (MIN/DAK)/WISCONSIN
The elevator community in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin is served by the North Central Bean Dealers Association, organized in 1977. Shippers interact with the Northarvest Bean Growers Association, an organization founded in 1976 to promote and research for greater utilization of Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin edible bean products. The primary types of bean products produced in this region are Pinto, Navy and Kidney beans. Information on these bean products can be obtained by contacting these organizations:
North Central Bean Dealers Association
PO Box 391
Thompson ND 58278
Tel: (701) 261-4157
Fax: (701) 775-3289
ROCKY MOUNTAIN AREAS
Since 1916, bean producers and shippers in Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Wyoming have promoted the high quality of their bean production through the Rocky Mountain Bean Dealers Association. Comprising the largest production region in the United States for Pinto and Great Northern Beans, the RMBDA participates in a quality grading system which meets or exceeds the U.S. government standards. Bean producers in the states of Colorado and Nebraska have joined together to promote their beans and to invest in research to improve the quality and cost efficiency of their production.
Colorado Dry Bean Administrative Committee
31221 Northwoods, Buena Vista, CO 81211
Tel: 800-318-8049 . Fax: 888-841-1243
Rocky Mountain Bean Dealers Association
P.O. Box 2255, Loveland, CO 80539
Tel: 970.667.4949 . Fax: 720.306.2878
Washington state bean interests are represented by the Washington Bean Dealers Association. For further information on Washington bean products, contact the following organization:
Washington Bean Dealers Association
PO Box 215, Quincy, WA 98848
Tel: 509-787-1544 . Fax: 509-787-4040
Bush Brothers & Company, headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee and founded in 1908, is a family-owned food processor. The firm is a leading canner of bean products with production facilities in Tennessee and Wisconsin. Products are primarily sold through retail grocery stores, however, the company also has a foodservice line of products. Baked Beans are nationally distributed and receive significant advertising support. Additionally, the company is engaged in research and development efforts in support of bean-based products.
Additional US offices in: Durand, MI,
Maple Grove, MN & Dallas, TX.
Contact: Bryce Kelley
Languages (other than English):
Kelley Bean Company has been in the export business since 1954 and currently exports to all corners of the world. “Kelley Quality sets the standard.”
Russel E. Womack, Inc., provides premium pinto beans and refried beans under the Casserole label.